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CBP Takes 7-Year-Old Into Custody. She Had Only Hours

Seems she hadn't eaten or drunk water for days

(Newser) - A 7-year-old migrant girl died after the Border Patrol took her into custody last week—which is likely to increase scrutiny of CBP facilities as families pour over the southwest border in record numbers, the Washington Post reports. The girl, still unidentified, was apprehended with her father and 161 others... More »

Worker Hurt in New Orleans Collapse Gets Shown the Door

Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, 38, was flown to Honduras

(Newser) - A construction worker hurt in last month’s collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans has been deported to his native Honduras on Friday, the AP reports. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, 38, was flown to Honduras... More »

Biden to Protester: 'You Should Vote for Trump'

Joe Biden was confronted by activists at Lander University in South Carolina

(Newser) - Joe Biden got a little frustrated with protesters at a town hall event Thursday and even told one of them to go "vote for Trump," Fox News reports. Speaking before roughly 800 people at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, Biden was confronted by an immigration activist who compared... More »

Court Looks Ready to Give Trump Wish on Immigrants

But we won't know fate of DACA for sure until the spring

(Newser) - It's a big day for Dreamers—the nickname given to young US immigrants brought here illegally by their parents. The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on whether the Trump administration can end an Obama-era program that protects the immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally. No... More »

The Immigration Numbers Are in—With a Big Surprise

The Census Bureau released data from the Brookings Institution

(Newser) - New immigration data includes one no-brainer—that immigration influx is down—and one possible surprise about where immigrants are choosing to live, City Lab reports. Released by the Census Bureau and gathered by a Brookings Institution demographer, the analysis says America's immigrant population grew by only 200,000 from... More »

Trump Has New Plan for Migrants' DNA

The DNA would be placed in a huge crime database

(Newser) - The Trump administration is planning to expand the collection of DNA from migrants who cross US borders, and to include the information in a massive criminal database operated by the FBI, the AP reports. The effort is separate from and much broader than the rapid DNA testing done on families... More »

Feel Like Shouting 'Speak English'? Not Smart in NYC

City issues ban on discriminatory rhetoric like 'illegal alien,' threatening to call ICE to harass

(Newser) - New York City is cracking down on xenophobia, with new guidelines that ban calling people "illegal aliens" in an attempt to "demean, humiliate, or harass" them; threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an attempt to discriminate; or telling anyone to "speak English" or "go... More »

Inside the Aftermath of the Huge Mississippi ICE Raid

Agency says some were let go for humanitarian reasons

(Newser) - Mississippi residents rallied around terrified children left with no parents and migrants locked themselves in their homes for fear of being arrested Thursday, a day after the United States' largest immigration raid in a decade . A total of 680 people were arrested in Wednesday's raids, but more than 300... More »

Hotels Get Caught in Immigration Crossfire

Several say they will no longer house migrants

(Newser) - There's a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM, and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, the AP reports. For decades, the US government has occasionally detained migrants in hotels, and... More »

Planned ICE Sweep Turns Into Coffee and Doughnuts

Officials opt for a few low-key raids instead

(Newser) - A federal plan to detain at least 2,000 immigrants in a nationwide sweep Sunday has devolved into a handful of low-key raids with few if any arrests, the New York Times reports. The plan for ICE agents to dramatically round up immigrants who have removal orders—which was highly... More »

To Cover US Deal, Mexico's President Will Sell His Plane

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador flies commercial anyway

(Newser) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador plans to fulfill a 2018 campaign promise to sell the country's presidential plane—though the estimated $150 million won't go to help poor communities as he initially stated. As the BBC reports, funds from the sale of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will... More »

Border Agents Set a Record, Detaining 1K People at Once

Immigrants are traveling in large groups more often

(Newser) - Border agents took more than 1,000 migrants into custody near El Paso, Texas, after they crossed into the US illegally Wednesday, officials say—the largest group ever encountered by the Border Patrol, per NBC . More immigrants have been traveling in large groups recently, advocates say, for safety. Medical teams... More »

Shanahan Reveals Plan for Border Security

The acting defense secretary wants to leave the Pentagon behind

(Newser) - On a trip to a border city in Texas, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the government's ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon's continuous help, the AP reports. Shanahan told reporters traveling with him to... More »

Trump Taps 'True Believer' to Head ICE

Trump says Mark Morgan 'will do a great job!'

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is tapping a former border patrol chief who served in the Obama administration to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the AP reports. Trump tweets that Mark Morgan "will be joining the Trump Administration as the head of our hard working men and women of ICE."... More »

Sarah Sanders: About That 'Sanctuary Cities' Plan

The White House press secretary appears on 'This Week'

(Newser) - Flooding so-called "sanctuary cities" with undocumented immigrants is apparently just one way the president might further his immigration-reform agenda, ABC News reports. It's "an option on the table," Sarah Sanders said Sunday on This Week. "Certainly this wouldn't be our first choice because ideally... More »

Trump Contradicts Aides, Says Sanctuary Cities Plan Is in Play

Immigrant detainees would be released in Democrats' districts

(Newser) - A day after White House and Homeland Security officials said it wouldn't happen, President Trump confirmed that he's thinking about releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities. "We are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only," Trump tweeted Friday. At... More »

Trump Gives Mexico Deadline to Stop Illegal Crossings

In tweets, president threatens to close the border next week

(Newser) - Unless Mexico puts an immediate halt to illegal crossings into the US, President Trump said Friday, at least parts of the border will be closed as early as next week. Trump likewise threatened to close the border near the end of last year but didn't, the Hill points out.... More »

Judge Sentences Women for Leaving Jugs of Water

The humanitarian-aid workers each get 15 months of probation

(Newser) - Four women who left food and water for migrants in a deadly border area have been sentenced by a federal judge, the Arizona Republic reports. US Magistrate Judge Bernando Velasco sentenced them Friday to 15 months of unsupervised probation and a $250 fine, on charges of abandonment of property and... More »

ICE Set Up a Fake College. Then Came the Arrests

The 'University of Farmington' was used to nab recruiters of undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday names eight suspects accused of "harboring aliens for profit"—and it was a phony university set up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that nabbed them. NBC News reports on the fake "University of Farmington," which set up shop in 2015 near... More »

Lawyer: Trump Golf Course Suddenly Cans 12 Workers

Seems the Trump National Golf Club doesn't want them anymore

(Newser) - A lawyer for a dozen workers at one of President Donald Trump's golf clubs in New York who are in the United States illegally says they were fired this month even though managers knew of their illegal status years ago, the AP reports. Anibal Romero says a dozen such... More »

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